YOU’RE a baby
I’M a baby
WE CAN BE BABIES TOGETHER
Human babies are fucking useless
They’re just underformed because they were ejected early to prevent them from killing their mothers
Why is this? is it because of the large head?
That we as a species have large protected communities to give birth and raise children in so that immediate ‘being able to walk and avoid danger’-ness isn’t a necessity that we needed to evolve with? chimpanzees are our basic shape and they seem to be able to give birth at the ‘properly formed’ stage
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the head at all. It’s the placenta. Somewhere along the line, human placentae became unusually invasive and hooked into their mothers’ bloodstream in a way that most placentae don’t, outright fighting the mother for nutrients and creating a delicate balance of ‘all-out war’ and ‘trying not to actually kill each other’. This has three main effects that we know of — menstruation, some really cool chimeric effects, and early birth so that the pair don’t kill each other.
Some other animals birth early too, like kangaroos. It’s just a thing that happens sometimes.
Would be nice if we had the benefit of a pouch to fit our jellybean offspring into.
Also, the other difference between us and chimpanzees that might have something to do with our difficulties giving birth is that we’re permanently bipedal and that changes the shape of the pelvis?